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Currituck Co.

Unpacking My Library

Introduction
Hang Your Coat
Antichrist
The Collision
Where Is My Friend?
Nightmares Are The Sounds
Your Sway
Texas
Henry
Let It Rain


Staynor Family Breakdown
Concrete
Lie Beside Me
Paris
Now You're Leaving
Old Song
Outroduction


Compact Disc (CD) ($14,44)

Full-colour slip-case and
4-page folder.

Compact Disc (DELUXE) ($19,99)

Same CD package inside a deluxe book crafted by Kevin Barker.

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ADEN album
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ADEN Hey 19 album
ADEN Topsiders album
Teen-Beat 17th Anniversary Celebrations
2003 Teenbeat Sampler compilation album
Teen-Beat 18th Anniversary Celebrations
2004 Teenbeat Sampler compilation album
Teen-Beat's 19th Anniversary
Unrest Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary Performances
CURRITUCK CO. Unpacking My Library CD album
CURRITUCK CO.
Unpacking My Library
deluxe promotional edition
CURRITUCK CO. Unpacking My Library CD album
CURRITUCK CO.
Unpacking My Library
CD front
CURRITUCK CO. Unpacking My Library CD album abridged
CURRITUCK CO.
Unpacking My Library
abridged edition [Norway]
with 11 of the 17 tracks

DESCRIPTION

The second full-length album from Kevin Barker's Currituck Co. Kevin was in Teen-Beat band Aden and now performs under his own name.


LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Kevin Wai Kwong Barker, vocals, guitar, drums,
    banjo, melodica, et cetera


GUEST PLAYERS

Terrence J. Black, baritone guitar solo on 5

Eddie Carlson, upright bass on 3, 10, 12, 15, 16

Mark Greenberg, bass guitar, electric piano,
   melodica, vibraphone, et cetera

Christopher M. Sienko, tabla on 13

Ruth E. Welte, violin on 16


RECORDED BY

Mark Greenberg,

at Mayfair, Chicago, Illinois, USA
May, 2001


MIXED AND MASTERED BY

Ken Sluiter,

at King Size, Chicago, Illinois, USA
June, 2001


MUSIC COMPOSITION

Kevin Barker


DESIGN

Kevin Barker

with Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


ET CETERA

The final track, "Outroduction," was performed by The Mayfair Melodica Trio of Greater Chicago Illinois.

A Death Rattle of the West Production. (DR-04).

From the booklet interior: "Please listen to Mississippi John Hurt, I'm serious."


BIOGRAPHY

"Unpacking My Library is the first country rock album in 30 years. That is, if the point of country rock isn't for rockers to put on funny accents and pretend to be drunk and bittersweet, but to try and make something new out of those beautiful alien worlds locked away in dead white people's records. Currituck County don't sing one word about booze, but their songs are lit by the shining notes of steel-stringed guitars and the lightning rhythms of banjos so fast they drone. And as gentle and funny as it is, Unpacking My Library is dark, sometimes almost black, with a sense of lost time and impossible things. But the very loneliest moments of a song like "Henry" are detonated with insane pop hooks and a mesmerizing Bluegrass riff--as indulgently sweet as a hard cry, without any stains.

Currituck County's mentors--John Fahey, Bert Jansch, The Byrds --were collectors who worked alchemy with traditional music. For them, tradition wasn't sterile or cute. It was a seductive force, something at once homespun and exotic that could take you to a universe richer and deeper than ours, or just get you hopelessly lost. It's no accident that Fahey--the mad record collector who used his thousands of lost 78's to invent his own guitar style--wrote an autobiography called How Bluegrass Music Destroyed My Life. Yet in Currituck County's hands this sad, faraway music feels close-up and welcoming.

Kevin Barker's vocals have a conversational intimacy you could compare to Elliot Smith or Townes Van Zandt; on songs like "Concrete" and "Nightmares" he's alternatingly ghostly and sweet. The spare, deadpan voice contrasts starkly with the sumptuousness of his music, playful arrangements flawlessly produced and backed up by Mark Greenberg (the Coctails, Archer Prewitt). But what makes Unpacking My Library completely distinctive is the guitar. It's played by Kevin Barker, who contributes Television-esque melodies to Jeff Gramm's dry, thoughtful songwriting in Aden. Here it's something entirely new: British folk hooks out of Bridget St. John or Nick Drake; fluid, hypnotic fingerpicking so delicate you'd be afraid it would blow away, til you hear the deliberate slownesses, jarring overlaps and bright chimes. Currituck County aren't bogged down by their influences--they turn a deep sense of what's come before them into something private and surreal that's also accessible and beautiful."


REVIEWS

"There's a lot to like about this urban hillbilly/post-modern folk album with its odd Americana-jazz-indie instrumentation and compelling lyrics ("Her spit tasted warm like from [sic] blood from my busted [sic] lip," sings a Beck-via-Donovan voice in car-crash song The Collision: "I couldn't help but feel I'm free at last"). Kevin Barker of Aden's solo debut mixes gentleness, vomit, disaffection and love as niftily as it does guitar, banjo and vibes. Where Is My Friend? could be the new-millennial Help Me Make It Through The Night."

- Sylvie Simmons, Mojo


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
[out of six stars]
"Sometimes guitar players step out of the shadows and reveal themselves to be kick-ass frontment= on solo acoustic excursions (think Elliott Smith). Judging from the quality of Aden guitarist Kevin Barker's recent full-length debut, it's nonly a matter of time before Currituck County becomes his primary musical outlet. The ridiculously intricate fingerpicked grooves found here sound like the result of serious hours spent honing expert musical chops, but Barker's guitar never strays into the terrain of technical showboating because all the skills are in service of great songs. Although lacking a conventionally pleasing voice, Barker gets the job done by focusing on instrumentation, frequently tacking on cool slide guitar overdubs or jaunty banjos to his sly brand of folk-pop."

- Rob van Alstyne, D.I.W.



Currituck County Kevin Barker

RELEASE DATE

March 18, 2002


FORMAT

compact disc


LENGTH

52 minutes, 51 seconds

17 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 336


DETAILS

RETAIL EDITION

1,510 pressed.


SLIPCASE:
Full-colour O-card slip-case printed on coated stock.


BOOKLET:
full-colour 4-page folder and tray card printed on semi-gloss stock (one side colour and one side black and white).


JEWEL CASE:
with colourless transparent tray.


LABEL:
brown and metallic gold ink.


Printed by
Riddle, Beaverton, Oregon, USA.


Pressed by
Failsafe, Illinois, USA.


PROMOTIONAL EDITION

A small run of promotional-only deluxe editions were silkscreened and hand-crafted by Kevin Barker and sent to members of the press.

Includes:
- a cardboard book
- fabric binding
- silkscreened dustjacket
- compact disc with slipcover
- 40-page booklet


NORWEGIAN EDITION

Norwegian label Trust Me issed an abridged edition of the album with 11 of the 17 tracks in a jewel case with no slip cover and modified cover art.

DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Currituck County
Punaluu


ALBUMS

Long Playing Record Album
Unpacking My Library
Ghost Man on First
Sleepwalks in the Garden of the Deadroom
Ghost Man on Second


COMPILATIONS

Words Worn Down to Nothing
Golden Apples of the Sun
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
Troubleman Mix-Tape
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
Invited to Dinner
Hand/Eye
2003 Teenbeat Sampler
Protect Our Handshake
2004 Teenbeat Sampler
Comes With A Smile Vol.9
Teen-Beat 20th Commemorative
The Wire Tapper 13
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2003
Independent Innovative Creative
I Am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey


ALSO

Teen-Beat's 17th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 18th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 19th Anniversary
UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary


RELATED

Aden
Kevin Barker


SONGS

A Raga Called Nina
A Raga Called Pat Cohn
Antichrist
The Ark
The Collision
Concrete
Dedication: Fred Neil
Did I See You
Disembark
Don't the C Look Wide & Deep
Don't the Road Look Rough & Rocky
8 P.M. on a Friday
Embark
Evening Raga
Father's Day
Hang Your Coat
Henry
I Truly Understand
I Went Outside Today
In Turn Returns
Intertwining Flowers
Intertwining Hands
Introduction
Let It Rain
Lie Beside Me
Little Drummer Boy
The Mandolin Man and His Secret
The March of the People Who Do Not Know You
Medley: John Hurt Shiva Shankarah
My Home
Nightmares Are the Sounds
Now You're Leaving
Old Song
One Too Many Comforts
Outroduction
Paid for Grace
Paris
Prelude
Punaluu
Requiem for John Fahey
Run Away From the Sun
Sailing
Silly Woman
Sleepwalking I
Sleepwalking II
Space Cruisin'
Space Cruisin' Boogie (Remix)
Staynor Family Breakdown
Texas
The Tropics of Cancer
Variations on 'Colours'
Where Is My Friend?
Wisdom of the Weeks
Your Sway